We debut our #WNSTSweet16 list with the Greatest Local Sports debuts

January 07, 2014 | Glenn Clark

We debut our #WNSTSweet16 list with the Greatest Local Sports debuts

5. Joe Smith and Keith Booth’s first game at Maryland/freshman season (November 26, 1993)

Smith and Booth came to College Park as highly touted freshmen and would live up to the hype immediately. They combined to score 38 points to lift Maryland to an improbable 84-83 win over then #15 Georgetown at the Capital Centre in the first game of the ’93-’94 season. It was the most significant victory of the Gary Williams era at the time and set the tone for a team that would reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1988. Maryland would ultimately reach the Sweet 16 before bowing out, Smith would claim both ACC Rookie of the Year and National Freshman of the Year honors in the process.

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  1. Doug in Ellicott City Says:

    Fun list…interesting insight. Greatest debut in Baltimore history has to be Frank Robinson in 1966. Joe Altobelli didn’t do so bad, either. Two other Orioles debut seasons that come to mind are Mighty Mike Young (’84 & ’85?) and Jim Traber in the summer of ’86.

  2. unitastoberry Says:

    I was at many of those events and I was lucky to be born here in 1958 and grow up with the Orioles and Colts in their prime. I have to totally agree with Frank being number one.
    I was a Jr Oriole in 66 attending many games with my late father. Frank turned this town on its ear and provided baseball with a season for the ages. His 6 years here was the Oriole way!

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